A few elegant lines, / May be made out to be shell-embroidery. / Those slanderers, / Have gone to great excess. / [...] Cf. Shijing 200
The Master said, "When a number of people are together, for a whole day, without their conversation turning on [...] Cf. Lunyu 408
Lü / The Wanderer / Fire on the mountain: The image of THE WANDERER. Thus the superior man Is clear-minded and [...] Cf. Yijing 56
'He who stands on tip-toe, does not stand firm; / He who takes the longest strides, does not walk the fastest.” / He [...] Cf. Daodejing 24
Only to wanderers can come / Ever new the shock of beauty, / Of white cloud and red cloud dawning from the sea, [...] Cf. Tangshi 94
Hence the saying: One may KNOW how to conquer without being able to DO it. [...] Cf. Sunzi 44
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